Paul Ryan, re-elected US House Speaker

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Speaker of US House of Representatives Paul Ryan of the Republican Party
Speaker of US House of Representatives Paul Ryan of the Republican Party

By Tiamiyu Arobani

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan won re-election on Tuesday as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives when the lawmakers convened for the 115th session of the Congress.

Only one Republican member defected and voted for Rep. Daniel Webster.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Speaker was first elected on Oct. 29, 2015.

Ryan was re-elected by the House Republican caucus in November 2016 to serve a second term as Speaker of the House.

On the Democratic side, Nancy Pelosi was re-elected Minority Leader with only four of her colleagues voting for someone else for the top Democratic position.

Ryan is expected to address the 115th Congress.

More details later.

In December, he threw his weight behind President Barack Obama’s decision to sanction Russia in response to the country’s alleged hacking which sought to influence the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Ryan, in a statement on Thursday described Obama’s actions as “long overdue”.

“Russia does not share American’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world.

“While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia and it serves as a prime example of this administration’s ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world,” Ryan said in the statement.

Many Republican Congress members have criticised Russia’s alleged meddling in the election, which ran counter to Donald Trump’s position on the issue.

However, President-elect, Donald Trump is against the decision and has hinted a possible reversal when sworn in.

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